The Injured Workers Bill of Rights

If an employee is injured on the job, or suffers from a condition caused or materially aggravated or accelerated by work, he or she may be eligible for the following:

1. Tax-free temporary wage replacement of 70% of wages– up to a maximum of $903 per week in 2018—from workers compensation benefits, or

2. State Temporary Disability Benefits and—if there is a company or union plan—Long Term Disability

3. Free medical care by an employer-chosen doctor for a work related condition

4. Partial or total disability if work related condition is permanent

5. Continual or intermittent time under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of up to 3 months each year if the employee worked at least 12 months in a company with at least 50 workers

6. Reasonable accommodation for a handicap by the employer, as long as the employee can perform the essential functions of the job

7. Compensation from a third party—a person or company other than the employer or co-employees—who may have caused the work related injury or condition

8. Compensation for exposure to  asbestos from  the employers where the employee was exposed  and from the companies that manufactured, utilized or distributed the asbestos

9. Protection under the Union Contract providing rights beyond those provided by Federal or State laws

10. All of the above rights, free of fear from retaliation or discrimination for seeking them.

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